CAN: How More Divisive Can This Organisation Be? By Farid Labaran
The claim that and the description of the unfortunate killing that happened in Benue State by the Adamawa chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), and indeed the National body of the association as a waged Jihad disguised as cattle herding is yet most insensible, foolish, callous, childish, irresponsible cum Insensitive. It is as laughable as it is untrue. It is a claim that exists only in the figment of imagination of an Umbrella Organisation that purports to represent Christians in this country.
For quite sometime, there has been a conspiracy theory being championed and advanced by CAN to the effect that efforts are in full gear to Islamize Nigeria. This false misinformation has been swallowed hook line & sinker by our Christian brethren to this writer’s greatest dismay without questions.
Few weeks ago, innocent and defenseless Fulanis were maimed in cold blood in Taraba yet nobody described it as a Christian crusade let alone label it a christianization attempt. The most intriguing part is that no statement of condemnation was issued by CAN which compels us to ask the question that are those Fulani not human enough as to deserve the same sympathy of CAN and a state burial in Taraba too?
It is not the intent of this write-up to identify who is right or wrong between the farmers and herders because this writer is convinced that both sides were at one stage or the other at fault. Rather it is the conscious intent of this piece at least to bring to the fore the real victims of this madness because whenever there’s an attack or reprisal, it is usually not the perpetrators that suffer, online warriors, or even CAN but those defenseless, weak, indigent and aged members of the society that know nothing or did nothing are the ones that bear the brunt. In this regard, this writer believes successive govts have done little or nothing to curb the excesses of both sides.
It is therefore not out of place to add our voices to those of the good people of this country in calling on the govt to act and act fast in resolving this crisis before the situation deteriorates further.
Permit me to debunk the false impression of CAN that Islam or Muslims are violent. For the umpteenth time, Islam is a religion of peace and grows faster in climes where peace reigns. It’s not mere rhetoric when Muslims at different fora incessantly restate the peaceful nature of Islam. There is no religion that is keen to protecting & preserving lives and property than Islam.
The Quran states that when one kills unjustly, it is as though he has annihilated humanity and when one preserves the life of someone, it is as though he has saved/preserved humanity. How then can CAN justify its cheap blackmail and campaign of calumny against Islam & the Muslims?!
Yes, Islam is not a passive religion. Yes, It gives one the right to repel an attack or defend one’s self from any assailant but it must be in accordance with Islamic principles which prohibit the killing of women, children, the old; the destruction of places of worship; cutting of trees; killing of animals etc. If any person calls himself a Muslim yet violates these principles then know that his actions have no Islamic backing and they are inconsistent and ultra-vires of the provisions of Shariah and therefore are null and void.
Islam frowns against aggression. Allah SWT frowns against aggressors. He said in the Quran that He dislikes the aggressor.
What is happening in the North Central is not a Jihad. No sane Muslim would support criminals attacking the innocent.
What is yet to be known though is whether or not CAN is waging or is encouraging the waging through its unguarded and unguided statements a religious war in order to annihilate anyone that is not a Christian in Benue, Plateau, Southern Kaduna, Taraba by whipping up sentiments and cooking up lies.
We seek God’s guidance and assistance from the evil of men.
Farid Labaran, Esq.